Whether you're at work, sitting down to relax, or hanging out with friends, the onset feeling of throbbing pains in your head can be an immediate burden in any situation...
What are they?
A migraine is similar to a headache, yet they are much more painful and aggressive. According to the Migraine Trust, "migraine attacks usually last between 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraines can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives."
Migraines are an extremely common problem for people in the UK and across the world. The NHS have found they affect "around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men."
Some of the most common types of migraines include:
Migraine with aura
A migraine with aura is when one receives warning signs that a migraine is about to come on. According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of migraines with aura include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound
- Flashes of light
- Temporary vision loss/vision changes
Migraine without aura
This is the most common type of migraine where one does not get any warning signs and the pain comes on suddenly.
Migraine aura without headache
This is when all symptoms of a migraine are experienced apart from the headache itself.
What causes migraines?
According to the Migraine Trust, there is not one main cause of migraines and many people are "genetically predisposed to getting them." However, there are many factors that can trigger a migraine, and if you are trying to centralise a cause, it may be important to take note of what you are doing before a migraine arises.
Triggers can include but are not limited to:
- Hormonal changes
- Lack of sleep
- Environmental changes
Spending too long watching tv/on the computer/phone etc.
In rare cases, migraines may be caused by underlying health problems, so it is important to always consult with your doctor when experiencing them.
If you struggle with migraines yourself or know anyone who does, feel free to leave your experiences and stories down in the comments as well as any tips or tricks you may have to ease symptoms!